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Recent news releases and decisions on ASIRT investigations.

  • September 14, 2020

    On Sept. 11, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the detention of a 59-year-old man who went into medical distress while in custody at the Ponoka RCMP detachment.

  • September 10, 2020

    On July 3, 2018, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a 31-year-old man. 

  • September 2, 2020

    On Aug. 30, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that occurred that same day on Highway 16 near Entwistle, and which resulted in the death of a 32-year-old man.

  • August 26, 2020

    On Aug. 24, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an encounter between a 51-year-old Strathmore woman, her 25-year-old son and members of the RCMP during an Aug. 21 traffic stop that reportedly resulted in injury to both the woman and her adult son.

  • August 25, 2020

    On Aug. 24, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding a confrontation between a woman and an RCMP officer that resulted in the officer discharging his service pistol, resulting in an injury to the woman.

  • August 20, 2020

    On Aug. 18, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding a single-vehicle collision that occurred that same day in Calgary, which resulted in serious injury to a 32-year-old Calgary man.

  • July 29, 2020

    On March 4, 2018, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that took place that same day in Sherwood Park, and that resulted in serious injury to a 40-year-old man.

  • July 24, 2020

    On July 22, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an arrest by a member of the Strathcona County RCMP that occurred the previous day in Sherwood Park, and resulted in injury to a 58-year-old man.

  • July 15, 2020

    On July 14, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding a motor vehicle collision that resulted in the death of a 33-year-old man and injuries to two other individuals.

  • July 10, 2020

    On July 10, pursuant to the memorandum of understanding between the Government of Alberta and the Yukon, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a 33-year-old man by members of the Whitehorse RCMP that occurred during the morning of July 6. 

  • July 8, 2020

    On Jan. 27, 2018, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 43-year-old Calgary man during an encounter with Calgary Police Service (CPS) officers.

  • June 24, 2020

    On June 23, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 48-year-old man who was found unresponsive in a holding cell in an Edmonton Police Service (EPS) facility.

  • June 18, 2020

    On March 29, 2018, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 21-year-old Calgary man during an RCMP officer-involved shooting.

  • June 16, 2020

    On June 8, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an arrest by the Red Deer Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on June 4, during which a 28-year-old man sustained a serious injury.

  • June 12, 2020

    On June 6, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident that occurred on March 10, when RCMP officers had an interaction with a 53-year-old man that resulted in the man’s arrest.

  • June 9, 2020

    On June 6, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident that occurred on March 10, when RCMP officers had an interaction with a 53-year-old man that resulted in the man’s arrest. 

  • June 8, 2020

    On July 3, 2018, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an RCMP officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a 31-year-old man.

  • June 5, 2020

    On Aug. 18, 2018, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding a north Edmonton officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a 30-year-old man.

  • May 19, 2020

    On May 14, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an incident that occurred when members of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) responded to a 911 call that same day.

  • May 14, 2020

    On April 11, 2019, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate a serious and sensitive allegation of perjury by a Calgary Police Service (CPS) officer.

  • May 8, 2020

    On May 6, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that took place that same day on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway near Leduc, and resulted in the death of a 27-year-old man.

  • April 9, 2020

    On Oct. 20, 2017, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that took place that same day in west Edmonton, and resulted in injury to a 37-year-old man.

  • April 8, 2020

    On Oct. 19, 2017, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a 37-year-old man that same day near Bashaw.

  • April 7, 2020

    On April 6, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 43-year-old man who went into medical distress during an encounter with members of the Calgary Police Service (CPS) on that same day.

  • March 30, 2020

    On March 26, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a 20-year-old man from the Sucker Creek First Nation, who went into medical distress immediately following his arrest.

  • March 19, 2020

    On March 30, 2017, ASIRT was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that resulted in serious injury to a 34-year-old man during a confrontation with an Edmonton Police Service (EPS) officer.

  • March 18, 2020

    On March 16, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a 37-year-old man who was found unresponsive in a holding cell in the Edmonton Police Service detainee management unit (DMU).

  • March 9, 2020

    On March 6, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding serious injuries sustained by two males during a single-vehicle collision that followed contact with several members of the RCMP.

  • March 3, 2020

    On March 2, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an RCMP officer-involved shooting that occurred during a confrontation with a 54-year-old man that same day in the Porter Creek neighbourhood of Whitehorse, Yukon.

  • February 21, 2020

    On Feb. 20, 2020, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an Edmonton Police Service officer-involved shooting that took place earlier on that date in northwest Edmonton.

News archive

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Timing

ASIRT issues a news release and, in time-sensitive situations, a tweet:

  • after the province’s director of law enforcement assigns ASIRT a file
  • at the conclusion of an ASIRT investigation

Exceptions

ASIRT’s executive director chooses when to issue news releases or tweets for investigations into Alberta police officers whose conduct:

  • may have caused serious injuries
  • may have caused death
  • has led to sexual assault allegations

Balancing transparency

When ASIRT issues a news release or tweet, the team strives to:

  • disclose as much information as possible to the public
  • protect the confidentiality of witnesses
  • guard the privacy rights of those involved
  • maintain the integrity of investigations

Revealing names

In its news releases and tweets, ASIRT does not usually include the names of people who have:

  • died
  • been seriously injured

Exceptions

ASIRT may reveal a person's identity in a news release or tweet based on:

  • the circumstances surrounding the incident
  • a combination of other factors, such as the:
    • requirements of an investigation
    • person's position on their name being released
    • family's position on the name of their deceased relative being released
    • person's age
    • person's name already being in the public domain
    • stage of an investigation
    • limitations imposed by law – Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Youth Criminal Justice Act, etc.